What do Connecticut’s latest Covid-19 numbers mean for the winter? – NBC Connecticut – Community News
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What do Connecticut’s latest Covid-19 numbers mean for the winter? – NBC Connecticut

Staff shortages, supply chain problems and company closures – these are just some of the problems we are currently facing, and the root cause of them is, of course, the Covid-19 pandemic.

So where are we now in the pandemic?

The numbers released by the state on Tuesday provided a bit of a reality check.

25 more people with Covid-19 have been hospitalized than Monday, and 232 people are being treated for the virus.

The daily positivity rate rose from 2.57% on Monday to 3.23%.

“The infection rate is probably the highest in about six weeks. You know it’s over 2%, it’s been since last week. Hospital admissions are creeping up. So we’re looking at it, that’s all cautious.” Gov. Ned Lamont said.

Is it the start of a trend? Hopefully not. Do we have to worry? Dan Corcoran of NBC Connecticut sat down with Dr. David Banach, epidemiologist and infectious disease physician at UConn Health, to talk about those questions.

“There will be daily fluctuations. So I think we really need to understand if this is going to be an ongoing trend with a higher positivity rate and an increase in hospitalizations. You know, I think, you know, there was some concern that the winter months are getting closer and closer. gathering in, that we may see an uptick and in COVID cases, you know, here in Connecticut, I think it’s definitely something that we need to keep a close eye on in the coming weeks,” Banach said.

Banach said the biggest difference between this time last year and now is the vaccine. More people, including younger children, are now getting the opportunity. And while we see more cases, we are now in a different place.

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that because we see the number of cases increasing, necessarily that level of disease in terms of hospitalizations and even deaths increases, you know. I expect that rate of increase will not be as proportional, as we had seen before vaccination, because the “Vaccines that protect against serious diseases. You know, luckily vaccines also reduce transmission. So I’m very hopeful that, you know, as the speed increases, we won’t see as steep and slope as we had during the last winter wave.”

In the meantime, Banach said you should get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and get a booster if you qualify. He also recommends getting a flu shot.